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Palmer picking positives

15 January 2014

Midfielder admits goal before half-time stunned Albion

Burton Albion midfielder Matty Palmer is taking the positives following Albion’s 4-1 defeat to AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup with Budweiser.

The young midfielder played the full 90 minutes at the Goldsands Stadium, and feels the Brewers gave a good account of themselves against Championship opposition.

“We’re obviously disappointed as a team to lose 4-1, but they’re probably the best team I’ve played in my short career. We did alright and at 2-1 we could have nicked a goal,” said Palmer.

“The second goal just before half-time killed the game. At 1-1 we had a chance but they got two good goals and we can’t really complain. They moved the ball really well and caused us more problems than Fulham did earlier in the season. We found it hard and it was just one of those games.

“I feel like we did alright tonight. We moved the ball well as a team but they’ve obviously got all round better players and that’s just how it is,” Palmer said.

Much was made of the conditions, both with the original postponement and the swirling wind and rain during last night’s game, but Palmer wasn’t too concerned by it.

“The conditions were difficult in the first half because we were against the wind. Deano’s (Lyness) kicks were getting blown away, which made counter attacking difficult but I think we dealt with them quite well.

“I don’t think 4-1 is a fair scoreline. They were pushing for more at the end but that result flattered them. I think we can take some positives from it, and we’re second in the league so that’s what we have to concentrate on.”

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